a woman sits in a trashed bathroom and wonders if addiction is a disease

Addiction: Choice or Disease?

There is a growing number of people who do not see the benefit of a war on drugs, especially with addiction affecting all races and classes, family members and friends. It is no longer a far away problem, it is something that directly affects us whether we are the one addicted or know someone who…

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Veterans with PTSD and Addiction

Most people when they hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of the brave men and women who have served our country in war, or veterans with PTSD. PTSD is just that, a condition that presents itself after a traumatic event that has happened. It can happen to anyone who survived or witnessed a…

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Innovative Addiction Treatment

While some people may consider these addiction treatment programs unique, it is only because not everyone has them available to offer. Those who have used these treatments have seen the benefits and enjoyed the outcomes. Offering new ways of looking at life, experiencing life, coping with stressors, understanding emotions, understanding any co-occurring disorders. How Recreation…

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Flight Attendants: Addiction & Mental Health

There are many high stress jobs that lead to mental health issues and addiction. Many of those jobs are in the transportation industry. The U.S. Department of Transportation has strict policies for the testing and treatment of safety-sensitive transportation employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines, and other transportation industries. These industries have put…

a person stares at pills and thinks about the dangers of self medicating

The Dangers of Self-Medicating

Most people think of self-medicating as taking a Tylenol for a headache. While this is true, there are people who take a more extreme and more dangerous chance with self-medicating. Self-medicating is choosing and taking medicines oneself, rather than by prescription or on expert advice or taking addictive or habituating drugs to relieve stress or…

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A Letter From A Parent

To My Baby, You are the best thing that ever happened to me. From the moment you were placed in my arms and smiled your toothless grin at me, I had an overwhelming feeling of protection over you. I would never let anything bad happen to you because you were my perfect creation, my very…

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Family Impact on Patient Sobriety

Family is important for many people even when they are not going through addiction treatment. For many of those going through addiction treatment, family will be their biggest support system when they come home. While your loved one is in treatment at Recovery Ways we understand that you may miss them and want to stay…